Winner of 10 WTA singles titles and another 25 in doubles, Italy’s Roberta Vinci has an undeniable impact on women’s tennis over the past 20 years as one of just a handful of players who have won a title on all surfaces.
Vinci called it a career following an opening round loss to Aleksandra Krunic at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, her home tournament in Rome. The current world no. 191 couldn’t help but shed a few tears as she watched a tribute video on court moments after hitting her final shot. “I am crying now, but I am happy. I am proud of what I accomplished,” Vinci said.
Looking back on an impressive career
The ltalian enjoyed a successful run that saw her reach a career-high singles ranking of no. 7 in 2016. Having never gone past the fourth round a the Australian Open, Roland-Garros, and Wimbledon, Vinci distinguished herself at the final Grand Slam of the tennis season in New York. She was a U.S. Open quarter-finalist three times in 2012, 2013, and 2016 and in 2015, achieved her best result at a Major, defeating Serena Williams en route to the final in Flushing Meadows. Then ranked no. 43 in the world, Vinci had never won a set against a set in their four previous meetings against the World No. 1. After dropping the first set 6-2, Vinci came roaring back to score a victory for the ages, one that prevented Williams from completing the season Grand Slam after sweeping the first three Majors of the year. “She’s an incredible player. This is the best moment of my life,” she said afterwards. Vinci went on to finish runner up to fellow Italian Flavia Pennetta in the final.
Vinci enjoyed most of her success in doubles. She achieved the World No. 1 ranking in 2012, a position she held for 110 weeks, and won 22 of her 25 career titles, including 5 Grand Slams, alongside her countrywoman Sara Errani.
At Rogers Cup
In her career, Vinci made 13 appearances at Rogers Cup reaching the quarter-finals on three occasions. In 2011 in Toronto, she knocked out then World No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki en route to the final eight. In Montreal the following year, Vinci pleased the fans with many “hot shots” throughout the week.
En route to the quarter-finals, Vinci rocked former World No. 1 Ana Ivanovic 6-0, 6-0, a win that was highlighted by this spectacular shot :
Also, in 2012, Vinci and Errani, seeded first in the doubles draw, took home the title in Montreal.
Very appreciated by her fellow players, “Robi” will be missed by her WTA colleagues and also by the fans in Montreal who saw her for the last time in 2016.
Now it’s time for some well-deserved R and R. As she told us in impeccable French during her last visit here: “Fini le niaisage!”.